I need to know how to get it to start long enough to get it to the Ford dealership. I live four hours from where my car is stuck, so have to fly up there, pay the dealership to fix it, and hopefully drive it back.
I'm told if I bang on the starter it should start at least long enough to get to the shop, but I don't know if that is sound advice or not... and if it is a wiring issue, it won't start anyway.
I'd love to be able to just buy the part, and install it myself. I don't have the tools to even do it. I'd have to buy them... so far the only thing I've done is replace the battery. As the weather has gotten colder, it was starting to become sluggish to start, leading me to believe I needed a new battery. Times when it would click and not turn over, I would lift the hood, wiggle the terminals (which are clean and not corroded at all) and it would start. This might just have been dumb luck, or a wiring problem...
So I replaced the battery when it started just clicking. No amount of letting a "jump" car run to the battery allowed it to jumpstart. This has led me to think it may be the starter or just the solenoid. Can you replace just a solenoid? Or do you need a whole new starter? What tools would I need? Can someone who knows VERY little about cars at all do this on their own with limited information?... or should I try to get it towed to the dealership? (I don't need to tell a verified expert how much this will put me out monetarily... I'm stuck right now in a bad way... have to buy a RT plane ticket, the part, the tools... and if I can't get the car running, do it all again next weekend. :(... )
WARNING: WHEN SERVICING STARTER MOTOR OR PERFORMING ANY MAINTENANCE IN THE AREA OF THE STARTER MOTOR, NOTE THAT THE HEAVY GAUGE INPUT LEAD CONNECTED TO THE STARTER SOLENOID IS ELECTRICALLY HOT AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE THE PROTECTIVE CAP IS INSTALLED OVER THE TERMINAL AND IS REPLACED AFTER SERVICE.